Standoff as #LoveMakesAWay holds #refugee vigil at @peterdutton_mp’s office: @Jansant reports

Wayne Jansson

Wayne Jansson

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Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.
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Love Makes A Way standoff underway at Peter Dutton's office

#LoveMakesAWay standoff underway at Peter Dutton’s office

 

A STANDOFF is underway at the Strathpine, Queensland, electorate office of federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton. Christian leaders from various denominations entered Dutton’s office at 11am and began a prayer vigil, with a group of around 25 people protesting outside.

The group has asked the minister to respond to a request for the immediate removal of refugee children from immigration detention, both onshore and offshore. Police are at the scene.

The action is part of the #LoveMakesAWay movement, which has seen religious leaders hold prayer vigils in the offices of government ministers around the country.

Spokesperson Pastor David Busch told No Fibs: “We have asked the minister to make a response today and the group will stay there until we get that response. If they want to close the office this afternoon and the minister has not made that response, they may have to ask us to leave and we’ll see where it goes from there”.

Pastor Busch said the reason for the standoff is the emotional and mental harm the group believes is being inflicted on refugee children in detention.

This is the ninth action from the group. Many of their protests have resulted in arrests and charges.

The Adelaide recently reported that a magistrate dismissed charges against a group which held a prayer vigil at MP Jamie Briggs’ South Australia electorate office. The magistrate told the group: “You are a credit to your faith and an inspiration … I’ve no hesitation about letting you go without conviction or penalty.”

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Comments

  1. Rosemary Smith says

    How true, ‘Love Makes A Way’. If the political will of all Nations who are at War and the Nations who support those Nations at War were to make this mantra their ‘Motto’ there would be harmony in the World.

    If the trillions of (currency relevant to country) spent on war was to be re-invested in peace by giving people security and a decent way of living we would not be experiencing the devastion that continues to this day.

    We have not learnt from history – in the materialist world that we live in today it is evident regardless of how educated, high-tech, sophisticated and affluent we think we are our minds have not evolved at the same pace. Our approach to conflict is still primative. The next revolution should be HUMANITY.


  2. Some have been arrested and charged, but NONE have had a conviction recorded against them